Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI)

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Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) is a nationally recognized, professional training and certification program sponsored by the LIFE SPACE CRISIS INTERVENTION INSTITUTE. LSCI offers a highly specific, competency-based curriculum for adults who work with troubled and at-risk children and youth in residential, school, day treatment, mental health, and juvenile justice programs.

LSCI is about talking with youth who are under extreme stress, or are in crisis. It is a verbal process that uses a stressful incident as the format for teaching and helping youth gain insight into their characteristic manner of thinking and behaving. This NON-PHYSICAL approach to crisis intervention teaches staff the therapeutic talking strategies they will need to help children during stressful moments, as well as the skills to manage their own feelings and counter-aggressive tendencies when intervening with aggressive or out-of-control behaviors.


This 5 day certification provides 27 specific competencies for using crisis as an opportunity when dealing with youth who can be explosive, distort reality, justify aggressive or violent behavior, act impulsively, manipulate and engage in destructive peer relationships, and/or lack basic social skills.

LSCI is a highly interactive training with lectures, discussion, video analysis, role-playing, skill demonstration, assigned readings, and post-testing. Continuing education units are available for group home administrators, MFT's, and LCSW's. Graduate credits in Psychology or Special Education are also available.